SunEdison just flipped the switch on a 70-megawatt (MW) solar energy plant in Rovigo, a small town in northeast Italy. The Rovigo plant is currently the largest single photovoltaic (PV) plant in Europe.
Despite Europe's recent economic turmoil, the continent is the main reason why nine countries are on pace to grow photovoltaic (PV) market sizes over 250 megawatts (MWs) in 2010. In 2009, that figure was six.
Solar powerhouse SunPower Corporation has announced plans to build two 1-Megawatt photovoltaic solar power plants, slated for completion by August 2010, in Italy’s southern region of Puglia. The San Jose, California-based manufacturer will undertake the projects in partnership with Italian investment and management company K6 S.a.S., with the electricity generated by the plants feeding into local and national electric grids alike.
While Vatican City has been enjoying the advantages of 2,400 solar panels since last fall, the Catholic city-state is looking to move into the big leagues of solar with a 100-MW solar farm. Since Italy currently has about 440 installed megawatts of solar capacity, that represents a huge increase in the nation's solar capacity. The solar farm would, in fact, be hugely superfluous to the Vatican's needs, so a large portion of the electricity produced would be fed back into Italy's national grid. The solar farm is planned for a multi-hundred-acre site near the Vatican Radio transmission center.